Advanced Energy Perspectives

Top 10 Utility Regulation Trends of 2017

Posted by Coley Girouard

Dec 12, 2017 11:45:00 AM

Back in July, Advanced Energy Economy published a list of the top utility regulation trends of 2017 – so far. With 2017 almost in the rearview mirror, we check in on the top public utility commission actions of the year. Not surprisingly, the challenges PUCs are grappling with are wide-ranging and diverse: utility business model reforms, distribution system planning, grid modernization, rate design changes, large investments in renewables, transportation electrification, energy storage, wholesale market changes, and data access, to name a few. Here is a roundup of the top 10 matters before PUCs in 2017.

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Topics: 21st Century Electricity System, Year in Review, utility, regulation

Value-Added Electricity Services: Getting Utility and Third-Party Roles Right

Posted by Ryan Katofsky and Danny Waggoner

Dec 4, 2017 12:30:00 PM

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The digital revolution, which has transformed so many other industries, is now taking hold in the electric power sector. This is happening at the same time as increasing deployment of distributed energy resources (DER), including energy efficiency, demand management, distributed generation, energy storage, and electric vehicles. New technologies, the use of “big data,” apps, and the “grid of things” are leading to a greater variety of services and interactions between utilities, customers and third parties (non-utility companies that offer energy products and services).

One way to slice and dice this increasingly complex marketplace is whether services are considered “basic” or “value-added.” This is the subject of a new report from Lawrence Berkeley National Lab, Value-Added Electricity Services: New Roles for Utilities and Third-Party Providers, in which AEE was the author of one of three perspectives on emerging roles for utilities and third parties in providing value-added services.

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Topics: 21st Century Electricity System, utility, regulation

The State of Advanced Metering Infrastructure and Time-Varying Rates, in Three Maps and One Graph. The Leaders – and Laggards – May Surprise You.

Posted by Coley Girouard

Nov 22, 2017 11:06:00 AM

Two weeks ago, the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) released its final 2016 data files (EIA-861), detailing valuable information such as sales, revenues, and utility data for the electricity industry. At AEE, we’ve been digging in. Two of the key trends we have been tracking this year, and that we analyzed first, are advanced metering infrastructure (AMI) and time varying rates (TVR), by state. Which are the leaders in smart meters and smart rates? Not who you think.

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Topics: 21st Century Electricity System, utility, regulation

Energy Efficiency as a Resource: The Power of Getting More from Less

Posted by Ryan Katofsky

Oct 26, 2017 2:00:00 PM

3.10_Utility_Energy_Efficiency_Programs__Services.jpg A successful transition to a 21st Century Electricity System requires careful consideration of a range of issues that will ultimately redefine the regulatory framework and utility business model while creating new opportunities for third-party providers and customers to contribute to the operation of the electricity system. In this third in a series published by Utility Dive, AEE explores traditional and "pay for performance" approaches to energy efficiency (EE). 

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Topics: PUCs, 21st Century Electricity System, utility, regulation

Performance-based Regulation: Aligning Utility Incentives with Policy Objectives and Customer Benefits

Posted by Benjamin Stafford and Lisa Frantzis

Oct 11, 2017 3:30:00 PM

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A successful transition to a 21st Century Electricity System requires careful consideration of a range of issues that will ultimately redefine the regulatory framework and utility business model while creating new opportunities for third-party providers and customers to contribute to the operation of the electricity system. In this second of a 7-part series published by Utility Dive, AEE lays out strategies for achieving performance-based regulation. Previously, we covered Advanced Meters: Connectivity for the Modern Grid.

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Topics: PUCs, 21st Century Electricity System, utility, regulation

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